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Fishing boats at sunrise

Prachuap Khiri Khan is a seaside town in the Gulf of Thailand about 280 km south of Bangkok. Despite being the capital of the homonym province, PKK (sharing its initials with the famous Kurdish organization!) is small enough to get around on foot and has a small-town relaxed ambiance. As PKK doesn’t figure on the highlights list of the Gulf of Thailand, it attracts relatively few foreign tourists, and that’s likely what attracts those who decide to have a stopover on their way to more celebrated beaches, i.e. the charms of a more-authentic less-touristic coastal town. Fisheries being here more economically important than tourism, good (and cheaper) seafood contribute to the pleasures of the place. Attractions include a hill-top wat home of a troop of monkeys and pretty Ao Manao beach a short tuk-tuk ride away.

This photo was taken at sunrise at low tide, walking along the long bay in front of the town. (By the way, in the Gulf of Thailand the diurnal tidal signal seems to be much more important than the semi-diurnal one; somewhat unusual.) No, the sky was not resplendent with amazing colours. Just the way it happened to be and the way I like to remember it: a pleasant walk at ordinary sunrise in an ordinary but definitely exotic town. A nice moment, not so ordinary.

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